Dana & Christian | Epic Wedding on the Nicaraguan Coast

Destination wedding photography in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Best wedding venue on the beach with amazing view of the San Juan Bay. Christian & Dana Wedding.

Dana & Christian | Destination Wedding Photography - Nicaragua

Gorgeous Wedding in a Truly Epic Venue in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua.

Classy, gorgeous, filled with love - these few words I could use to describe the destination wedding of Dana and Christian - an amazing couple that has traveled from Miami to Nicaragua for their ceremony.

The wedding venue was a marine house established on the top of a cliff that crowns over the San Juan Bay.  The location provided a truly epic setting for the couple to get ready with their closest friends and family. It offered a venue bursting with color that had an unbelievable view of the Pacific Coast. A relaxed atmosphere, tropical greenery, ocean backdrop, sounds of waves crashing onto surrounding rock formations and this beautiful couple all comprised one of the most beautiful weddings I had the pleasure of photographing.

The Wedding Location: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
The Wedding Photographer: Kuba Okon

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A quick walkthrough on 4 types of cities in Mexico

A quick walkthrough on 4 types of cities I came across on my journey through Mexico - photography

Fusion of Color, music, art, flavors, - it would be hard to describe Mexico in a short review. It’s huge (it feels huge), it’s complex. It covers nearly two million square kilometers and is a kaleidoscope of landscapes. Here you can find exotic beaches, tropical rainforests, rugged mountains, deserts, sprawling metropolises, and colorful colonial towns. I would be lying if I said I know it all after a few weeks of traveling. It left me unsatisfied with a weighty feeling of missing something - there is so much more to discover. Starting with its rich history and cultural heritage spanning more than 10,000 years, Mexico’s territory was home to significant pre-colonial civilizations: Olmecs, Teotihuacáns, and the most known - Aztec and Mayan. Then the conquest by the Spanish and a 300-year period of colonization, the struggle for independence, and the country’s rebuilding in the 20th century. All this left a significant mark on today's Mexico and is reflected in its culture, architecture, and cuisine. A quick guide on different types of cities I came across during my trip through Mexico could be an interesting way of showing its complexity and multi-layered structure.

Pastel Stucco Colonial Town - Valladolid

Located in the middle of the Yucatan Penisula, just two hours from Tulum via straight-line road through the jungle, this tiny colonial town is unbelievably vibrant and tranquil. It was established in 1543 by Spanish colonizers atop a Mayan town called Zaci, whose buildings were dismantled to reuse the stones to build the Spanish town. The town has an authentic vibe to it. Some of the Mayans, who make up most of the population, wear the traditional Huipil which is a white cotton blouse or dress adorned with bright, floral embroidery. The Yukatek Maya, Mayan dialect, can be still heard on the streets. On the other hand, Valladolid low-level buildings, colorful walls, colonnades, and paving-stone streets maintain an Iberian feel. The great thing about this city is that Valladolid is off the beaten path so you won’t get crushed by the crowd of tourists.

Colorful Streets of Valladolid, Rivera Maya
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Lady selling enchiladas, valladolid
Share, wherever you are, especially chips ;)

Share, wherever you are, especially chips ;)

Beautiful hand-painted Typography -’Helados’ means Icecreams

Beautiful hand-painted Typography -’Helados’ means Icecreams

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Pop. Beach Town - Playa Del Carmen

This is a popular coastal resort town in eastern Mexico. It features a wide array of tourist activities due to its geographical location. Big chains of hotels, shopping centers, palm-lined beaches, Coral Reef right off the coast, souvenirs, tours, restaurants: these are some of the main attractions highly desired by tourists. Playa del Carmen is a bit smaller and less packed than the bigger and more party oriented Cancun. Coco Bongo Nightclub and Party Vegas shoe-? are a few somewhat cheesy, names that can help you imagine what type of attractions are waiting for party animals.

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Bohemian Beach Town - Tulum

Tulum is basically known for two things - its impressively situated Maya ruins and spectacular coastline with trendy and pricy (Pinterest-like) restaurants, boutiques and hotels onshore. The beach is located 20 minutes from the town by bike - one of the most popular modes of transportation. The town center, that has grown rapidly for the last few years sits right on the highway and the trough is not really pretty. What I liked the most about it were the fruit stands and the amusement park - where I could watch the entertainment of the local community and discover new types of games. The town offers lodgings and restaurants to fit every budget and is a great base for trips like cave and cenote or surrounding Mayan Ruins. The Tulum ruins are incredible, established on rock formations, looking majestically towards the Ocean. The omnipresent Iguana reptiles slowly crawling among the rock or sunbathing give you an impression that they are majestic guardians, left to watch over this ancient place.  But beware - 9 am sharp the tours that come from all the regions are rapidly take over. In the pursuit of the perfect Instagram shot, selfie sticks are block the walkways and views.

The Mayan ruins in Tulum

The Mayan ruins in Tulum

Mango - that’s how juicy are local fruits

Mango - that’s how juicy are local fruits

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Tourist walking around the Tulum ruins

Tourist walking around the Tulum ruins

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The beach located just underneath the Tulum Ruins
Yucatan Peninsula is known to have the world’s most widespread range of underwater caves and sinkholes called cenotes. Here: ‘The Gran Cenote’ near Tulum.

Yucatan Peninsula is known to have the world’s most widespread range of underwater caves and sinkholes called cenotes. Here: ‘The Gran Cenote’ near Tulum.

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Pinterest alike Restaurants and Boutiques. Tulum beach.

Pinterest alike Restaurants and Boutiques. Tulum beach.

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Megapolis - Mexico City (also known as DF - the Distrito Federal)

The story behind Mexico City is really interesting. During the Aztec period, Mexico City (Tenochtitlán) was initially built on the artificial island over a lake, the Lago de Texcoco. The development of Tenochtitlán has fulfilled one of the Aztec ancient prophecies. When Spanish explorer and conqueror Hernán Cortés arrived in the area, he first gained the support of local tribes tired of Aztec rule (Aztecs were fierce warriors who dominated other indigenous tribes throughout the region). Montezuma II, the king of Aztecs, believed that Cortez was their white god Quetzalcóatl, whose return had been prophesied and welcomed Spaniards with every courtesy. After enjoying the king’s hospitality for several weeks, Cortés suddenly captured the emperor and using the help of local tribes he conquered the Teotihuacán. The Spanish then built Mexico City on the ruins of the once great Aztec city.

Now Mexico City is a Megapolis, huge, diverse and polarized, filled with contradictions and yawning inequality. It has a population greater than that of London, Beijing and New York and is divided into uncountable neighborhoods, or 'colonias' - each with a distinct identity.  The infamous smog that shrouds the city has decreased significantly over the few last years. Sky-scrapers are growing like bamboo. The city is unbelievably rich in culture - with world-class museums, a vibrant art scene and bustling markets. The food is incredibly delicious and has gained fame around the world. Mexico City produces world-class chefs, artists, and movie directors. To top it all off The Mexican Muralism Movement of Diego Rivera seemed to find its continuation in omnipresent modern-day Street Art.

Two volcanoes nearby the Mexico City - Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl (or just Popo and Izta) - According to Aztec mythology, those two volcanoes which are located near Mexico City were once living humans – a man and woman who were deeply in love. They later transformed into the volcanoes, which are now seen as symbols of their love.

Two volcanoes nearby the Mexico City - Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl (or just Popo and Izta) - According to Aztec mythology, those two volcanoes which are located near Mexico City were once living humans – a man and woman who were deeply in love. They later transformed into the volcanoes, which are now seen as symbols of their love.

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Roma Norte is a trendy neighbourhood full of restaurants, hipster-run coffee shops, bars, parks, markets and shops buoyed by boundless artistic entrepreneurialism.

Roma Norte is a trendy neighbourhood full of restaurants, hipster-run coffee shops, bars, parks, markets and shops buoyed by boundless artistic entrepreneurialism.

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Mexico City Metro - It is the second largest metro system in North America after the New York City Subway. It offers the quickest way to get around Mexico City - It has 195 stations and more than 226km of track on 12 lines.

Mexico City Metro - It is the second largest metro system in North America after the New York City Subway. It offers the quickest way to get around Mexico City - It has 195 stations and more than 226km of track on 12 lines.

Parents placing their children for a souvenir photo on the background of the   old Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe   - one of the most visited Catholic Shrines in the world and the National Shrine of Mexico. That’s where Our Lady of Guadalupe, or the Virgin Mary, is believed to have appeared to a Native American peasant named Juan Diego in 1531.

Parents placing their children for a souvenir photo on the background of the old Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe - one of the most visited Catholic Shrines in the world and the National Shrine of Mexico. That’s where Our Lady of Guadalupe, or the Virgin Mary, is believed to have appeared to a Native American peasant named Juan Diego in 1531.

Baptism of indigenous population. A Fresco inside a chapel located in the Villa de Guadalupe complex.

Baptism of indigenous population. A Fresco inside a chapel located in the Villa de Guadalupe complex.

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People raising hands towards the sun while standing on top of the Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan,

Teotihuacán  , (Nahuatl: “The City of the Gods”) the most important and largest city of pre-Aztec central Mexico, located about 30 miles (50 km) northeast of modern Mexico City.

Teotihuacán, (Nahuatl: “The City of the Gods”) the most important and largest city of pre-Aztec central Mexico, located about 30 miles (50 km) northeast of modern Mexico City.

Graffiti Mexico city

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Aram & Abril | Costa Rica Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photography in Costa Rica

The Rain Season, also known as the Green Season, is simply stunning - this is not an exaggeration. It is a time when nature wakes up after half a year of harsh sun and literally not a single drop of rain. The tropical summer in Central America - especially at the lowlands like the Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste Province and Rivas can get really hot - it leaves the land dry and in a pastel palette. Then, in June everything changes. After the first rainfall, Nature starts to flourish, the greenery becomes lush, tropical forests come alive, colors are rich and vivid with thousands of shades of green.

Aram and Abril have chosen this period of the year for their wedding. The Wedding Venue was Hacienda Ecolodge surrounded by dense tropical forest. The Ceremony took place at a magical beach, just a 3 minute walk across the suspension bridge.

We've been friends with Abril and Aram for quite some time now. Actually, Abril was one of the first people I met when I came to Central America 8 years ago. She is an insanely talented designer and has a great eye for details - she had made her wedding dress all by herself! Together with Aram, they make this gorgeous modern handmade furniture - Masaya & CO - it is worth checking out.

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